2009 Porsche 911

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$75,600 - $139,300
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Engine Engine 3.6LH-6
MPG MPG 16 City / 23 Hwy
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2009 911 Overview

Click above for high-res image gallery of the 2009 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S A 1980 Porsche 911 SC Targa was deposited in my driveway during the spring of 1999. A good friend left it in my care while a contractor remodeled his garage. I'd never driven a Porsche, let alone a 911, but I would tend his car for three full months. With a 3.0-liter flat-6 hung way out back, the 180-horsepower engine was noisy, its open chassis flexible, and the whole thing smelled like dirty motor oil. Regardless of its rudimentary technology and semi-backwards handling tendencies, it was an absolute challenging thrill to drive. One decade later, déjà vu, as a brand-new 2009 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S is sitting in the driveway. A direct descendant of the classic SC, it represents the pinnacle of Porsche engineering and the latest iteration of the rear-engine sports car. A week with the car reveals some surprises, exposes a few pitfalls, and confirms many theories. Read about all of them after the jump... %Gallery-42705% All photos Copyright © 2009 Michael C. Harley / Weblogs, Inc. To put a 2009 Porsche 911 Carrera in the garage, you may have to smash several rather large piggy banks. The least expensive model is a standard rear-wheel drive model ("C2" to Porschephiles) with a base price of $75,600. Under the rear bonnet is a capable direct-injection water-cooled 3.6-liter flat-6 engine rated at 345 hp mated to a manual 6-speed transmission. Hardly a slouch, it will crack 60 mph in about 4.5 seconds (Porsche conservatively states 4.7 seconds) and can get you in serious trouble with its top speed of 180 miles-per-hour. The 911 Carrera S gets a bump in displacement with a direct-injected water-cooled 3.8-liter flat-6 rated at 385 hp. With upgraded performance goodies (bigger brakes, electronically minded suspension, etc...), the S will scoot to 60 mph in about 4 seconds flat (Porsche quotes 4.5 seconds) as it heads towards an aerodynamically-limited top speed of 188 mph. The increased fun of the "S" model starts at $86,200. If you reside in a part of the country that experiences actual weather, or you just happen to like four paws clawing for grip instead of two, the German automaker offers the Carrera in all-wheel-drive guise ("C4"). The full-time performance-oriented AWD system carries a roughly $6,000 premium over the rear-wheel drive model, along with a weight penalty of about 130 pounds. All but transparent in operation, the electronically-controlled system is able to send 100 percent of the engine power to either axle, depending on where it is needed. Dipped in Porsche "Racing Green Metallic" paint over full "Sand Beige" leather, our 2009 911 Carrera 4S ("C4S") was a real looker. Compared to the standard rear-wheel drive model, the C4S features a red reflector strip between the tail lamps and a nearly two-inch wider rear end. Those fat fenders struggle to hide the massive 11x19-inch rear alloys wrapped in 305/30-19 rubber (front tires are 235/35-19). The classic Porsche lines still …
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2009 911 Overview

Click above for high-res image gallery of the 2009 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S A 1980 Porsche 911 SC Targa was deposited in my driveway during the spring of 1999. A good friend left it in my care while a contractor remodeled his garage. I'd never driven a Porsche, let alone a 911, but I would tend his car for three full months. With a 3.0-liter flat-6 hung way out back, the 180-horsepower engine was noisy, its open chassis flexible, and the whole thing smelled like dirty motor oil. Regardless of its rudimentary technology and semi-backwards handling tendencies, it was an absolute challenging thrill to drive. One decade later, déjà vu, as a brand-new 2009 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S is sitting in the driveway. A direct descendant of the classic SC, it represents the pinnacle of Porsche engineering and the latest iteration of the rear-engine sports car. A week with the car reveals some surprises, exposes a few pitfalls, and confirms many theories. Read about all of them after the jump... %Gallery-42705% All photos Copyright © 2009 Michael C. Harley / Weblogs, Inc. To put a 2009 Porsche 911 Carrera in the garage, you may have to smash several rather large piggy banks. The least expensive model is a standard rear-wheel drive model ("C2" to Porschephiles) with a base price of $75,600. Under the rear bonnet is a capable direct-injection water-cooled 3.6-liter flat-6 engine rated at 345 hp mated to a manual 6-speed transmission. Hardly a slouch, it will crack 60 mph in about 4.5 seconds (Porsche conservatively states 4.7 seconds) and can get you in serious trouble with its top speed of 180 miles-per-hour. The 911 Carrera S gets a bump in displacement with a direct-injected water-cooled 3.8-liter flat-6 rated at 385 hp. With upgraded performance goodies (bigger brakes, electronically minded suspension, etc...), the S will scoot to 60 mph in about 4 seconds flat (Porsche quotes 4.5 seconds) as it heads towards an aerodynamically-limited top speed of 188 mph. The increased fun of the "S" model starts at $86,200. If you reside in a part of the country that experiences actual weather, or you just happen to like four paws clawing for grip instead of two, the German automaker offers the Carrera in all-wheel-drive guise ("C4"). The full-time performance-oriented AWD system carries a roughly $6,000 premium over the rear-wheel drive model, along with a weight penalty of about 130 pounds. All but transparent in operation, the electronically-controlled system is able to send 100 percent of the engine power to either axle, depending on where it is needed. Dipped in Porsche "Racing Green Metallic" paint over full "Sand Beige" leather, our 2009 911 Carrera 4S ("C4S") was a real looker. Compared to the standard rear-wheel drive model, the C4S features a red reflector strip between the tail lamps and a nearly two-inch wider rear end. Those fat fenders struggle to hide the massive 11x19-inch rear alloys wrapped in 305/30-19 rubber (front tires are 235/35-19). The classic Porsche lines still …Hide Full Review